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To illustrate Nicole Schammel’s marksmanship, Red Wing girls’ hockey coach Scott Haley left a square space between his hands the size of a disposable camera.
Schammel scored four goals to fuel the Wingers’ 6-2 victory against Alexandria in Wednesday’s first Class 1A quarterfinal game at the Xcel Energy Center. Two of them were fit into tight spaces.
“She’s got about four square inches to get in it and she does it,” Haley said.
Schammel, a junior left wing, tallied a first-period hat trick as the Wingers jumped to a 4-1 lead.
Alexandria threatened to catch the Wingers in the second period, getting an early goal from Shelby Iverson to cut Red Wing’s lead to 4-2. Officials waved off a second Alexandria goal in the period — in which it outshot Red Wing 14-11 — ruling the puck had been kicked in.
“The final score was no indication of how the game felt,” Haley said.
Schammel, who has verbally committed to Minnesota State Mankato, eased her team’s tension. Her fourth goal, unassisted, increased Red Wing’s lead to 5-2 midway through the middle period and moved her state-leading season totals to 73 goals and 124 points.
Alexandria coach Andy Shriver said his team executed its plan to limit Schammel. But when players assigned to shadow her went to the bench, Schammel went to work.
“She found the puck, found the net and scored,” Shriver said. “She has a pinpoint shot. On one of her goals I had a great angle on it from the bench and I couldn’t see any net.”
DAVID LA VAQUE